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22 January 2018

New Frontiers in Peace Metrics: A Discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal #16

JANUARY 24, 2018 | 4:30 PM 


The new SDG16 Progress Report is focuses on methodology and challenges around measuring Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for stainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels) from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The report is unique in that it begins to measure countries’ actual performance and progress against the 12 targets of SDG16. While SDG16 heralds important international recognition of how violence and conflict can compromise development, the report highlights methodological issues, political challenges, and implementation concerns around data collection and statistical capacity that - if not addressed - could undermine the achievement of SDG16.

Having a clear understanding of available country-level data is integral to developing the policies and interventions necessary to improve not only the measurements for SDG16, but also the outcomes for peace, justice and strong institutions. As such, rigorous and independent composite measures like IEP’s Global Peace Index (GPI) and Positive Peace Index (PPI) remain important global barometers of progress toward peace. 
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31 December 2017

Support UNA-NCA Through The World Bank Community Connections Campaign

This year’s World Bank Community Connections Campaign (CCC) will run from November 1 - December 31, 2017. Both current staff/consultants and retirees can make contributions through the CCC. If 55% of World Bank Group staff participates, all gifts though the CCC will be matched by the World Bank Group.

You can find UNA-NCA in the list of eligible groups for this year’s CCC here. We would be so grateful if you would include UNA-NCA among those organizations you decide to support. We thank those again who have contributed in previous years.

Please share this with friends and colleagues that have or had an affiliation with the World Bank.

Retirees must complete their pledges via personal check. Once you have completed your pledge form, please mail a check payable to “World Bank Community Connections Fund.” The check must be post-dated by December 31, 2017 and received by January 13, 2018 at 3301 Pennsy Drive, Landover, MD 20785 to the attention of Caitlin Berczik MSN MC 9-912.

Tank you very much for supporting the FY18 Community Connections Campaign!

Complete your pledge form here

18 December 2017

Support UNA-NCA this Holiday!


Please take a moment to remember the UNA-NCA family and make us your charity of choice.

This holiday season:

  • Give the gift of community. Membership starts at just $25 and gives your friend or loved one free or reduced admission to all of our wonderful events around the year, access to an extensive network of professionals, and opportunities to touch on issues such as human rights with any number of our committees.
  • Give the gift of global education. Starting at $20, support a delegate through Global Classrooms DC, where your gift will ethiopiapersonally create and strengthen opportunities for students and educators to grow their skills through model UN.
  • Give the gift of history. Purchase a discounted copy of the UNA History book for just $20, and explore the history that the UNA family has been writing together. 
  • Give a gift through the World Bank Community Connections FY18 CampaignUnited Way Campaign (Code # 1269) or Combined Federal Campaign (Code # 77667).


Your donation helps us to provide:

  • Year-long Model UN programming through our Global Classrooms DC program, which in 2016-2017 served 1,000 middle and high school students from 40 schools. Of those schools, 20% qualified as Title 1, or schools that receive federal funding to support at-risk and low-income students.
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities to students and young professionals through our career dinners, graduate fellows programs, and Young Professionals committee
  • A variety of events ranging from community forums and lectures, to panels and happy hours that discuss international issues like the Syrian refugee crisis, human rights, and the recently adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support. All the best this holiday season!

07 December 2017

2017 Human Rights Awards

Join us for the annual UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Reception honoring outstanding leaders in the human rights community and celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

In honor of the 69th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Reception 5:15 PM
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres included
Program 6:00-8:00 PM
National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 

This year's honorees are:

His Excellency Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Nancy Rivard
Founder and President, Airline Ambassadors International
Ambassador Keith Harper
Former United States Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council
Bread for the City
Award Presented to Mr. George Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Admission Tickets
Young Professional/Student: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership.

Member: $70
Non-Member*: $90
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

Sponsor (Individual/organization name listed in the program): $100 

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07 December 2017

2017 Human Rights Awards Sponsors

Thank you to our Individual and Institutional Sponsors!

Individual Sponsors
Timothy Barner
Patricia Beneke
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired)
Nancy Bliss

Laura Blyler
Edison W. Dick
Renee Dopplick
Nancy Donaldson

A. Edward Elmendorf
Roger Griffis

Kathy Guthrie
F. Allen "Tex" Harris
Stephen F. Moseley
Karen Mulhauser
Michael Onyemelukwe

Lincoln Oviedo
Wayne Pieringer
Lyric Thompsom

Dr. Iqbal Unus
Luz Maria Utrera

Doug Wake

Institutional Sponsors

Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Circle


Human Rights Champion Circle


Human Rights Leader Circle

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Human Rights Partner Circle


Human Rights Supporter Circle

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06 December 2017

U.N. Peacekeeping is Vital- and so is its Reform

December 6, 2017 in Washington D.C. 

UNA-NCA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) have established a partnership to consider the issue of UN Peacekeeping Reform. On May 30, 2017,  about 15 representatives of government, think tanks, foundations, universities, NGOs, USIP and UNA-NCA, representing the full ideological spectrum, met at USIP to identify the issues to be discussed at a Roundtable of Experts. 

On June 30, 2017 a Roundtable of 25 experts met at USIP (including several former ambassadors, a former UN Undersecretary, and other representatives of government, civil society and think tanks) to discuss various proposals to reform and strengthen UN Peacekeeping missions, taking into account the Secretary General’s and the US Administration’s proposed reform agendas. A consensus collated around specific reform initiatives, and a summary was prepared by USIP memorializing the key areas for Peacekeeping reform and strengthening. In addition, UNA-NCA is circulating to its members for comment a more detailed set of recommendations for Peacekeeping strengthening that draws upon ideas offered by the Brahimi and HIPPO reports, the Secretary General’s reform initiatives, the Security Council’s resolution on Peacekeeping reform, and proposals by both the US administration and the US Congress. Copies of these papers will be made available upon request.

The third step in the USIP-UNA-NCA partnership is a public symposium of UN Peacekeeping Reform to be held at USIP next to the US Department of State at which a panel of experts from the UN, US government, and the private sector will engage experts from the nation’s capital and beyond to consider these reform proposals. A report will be prepared based on this discussion. As the US Congress debates US funding of UN Peacekeeping, we hope to elevate the discussion on ways in which UN Peacekeeping serves US national security interests and that of the other member States of the United Nations.

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16 November 2017

GCDC Model UN Training Conference

Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) is the flagship program of UNA-NCA. GCDC works with students grades 6-12* in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and abroad to improve their public speaking, develop conflict management skills, and expand their understanding of global issues. Our successful approach to global education includes mentoring, professional development, curriculum, and events.

Students will discuss Human Rights of Refugees representing countries in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Students will be in double delegations (2 students representing 1 country) unless otherwise requested. The conference background guide and other preparation materials are available online under Unit 2 through the GCDC Schoology page. Students must have a basic understanding of the rules of procedure prior to November 16, though the conference will be designed to accommodate those who have never done Model UN before.

Groups may attend the Model UN Training Conference, Professional Development Workshop, or both. Groups must be registered with the GCDC Community, our year-round programming in order to attend. For more information on GCDC, please visit: http://bit.ly/GCDC_MUN 
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Pan American Health Organization, 525 23rd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037
Cost: Fee details found here 

Register here

07 November 2017

Fall into Sustainability: An Evening with UNA-NCA & Green Drinks DC

On Tuesday, November 7, UNA-NCA along with its Sustainable Development Committee in collaboration with Green Drinks DC is pleased to present a joint evening of drinks and networking with DC’s environmentally-minded community of professionals, students and enthusiasts. The ultimate purpose of this event is to bring together an environmentally-minded group in the Washington, DC area through both organizations and raise awareness on the importance of collective local action and participation in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Global Goal 13, Climate Action. 


Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location1101 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost: Free, but registration is required 

Register here

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